Huntsville Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Statistics

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Huntsville City Police Department maintains statistical crime data of the city in partnership with the Federal Uniform Crime Reporting Program. According to 2018 UCR statistics, the police department recorded a total of 10,700 reported index offenses, 84% of which were property crimes.

The department recorded 6,621 incidents of larceny, while burglary and motor vehicle theft reportedly occurred 1,361 and 1,106 time respectively with over 700 arrests. Aggravated assault was the most common violent offense with 1,094 incidents reported in 12 months. There were also 325, 164 and 27 incidents of robbery, forcible rape and criminal homicide, of which the department recorded a 55%, 62%, and 81% clearance rate respectively.

Criminal Records

Being the main law enforcement agency of the city, the Huntsville Police Department manages and produces police-related information, including local criminal records background checks for indigenes and residents. However, the records disseminated by the department are restricted to the history of local incidents and charges. State-wide criminal history information is primarily maintained and issued by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.

How To Get Criminal Records

The Records Division of the Huntsville Police Department (HPD) responds to requests for local background checks and criminal history records. Interested persons may request these records by querying the HPD’s ID Department in person and during business hours. The requesting party will be required to provide sufficient information about the subject as well as present a valid ID at the time of the request. Interested parties may also pay a search fee of between $5 – $10 depending on the nature of the request. The ID department is located within the Records Division at:

HPD Headquarters
815 Wheeler Avenue,
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 427-7128

How To Get Police Reports

Copies of police and incident/accident reports can be purchased from the Records Division of the Huntsville Police Department. Access to some of these records is restricted to only victims or witnesses. Requesters will be expected to provide specific information such as the date/location of the incident, case report number, and a valid ID. Requests may only be made in person and during office hours to:

HPD Headquarters
The Records Division
815 Wheeler Avenue,
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 427-7128

How To Find Sex Offender Information

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Community Information Center maintains a public-access registry of sex offenders residing in the state. Interested persons may search the registry by offender name or proximity to a specific address radius to obtain information regarding Huntsville sex offenders. The registry does not return results for incarcerated persons. However, residents may opt to be alerted about any concerning changes in sex offender location, conduct or compliance status.

How To Find Inmate And Jail Information

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office runs the Madison County Jail, which processes all inmates in Madison County, including the city of Huntsville. All inquires about inmate and jail information can be directed to the facility staff at (256) 519-4800. Additionally, the full inmate roster of the county jail can be viewed using the Madison County jail viewer, which allows for searches by the name of the inmate, their arrest or booking date or their assigned inmate number.

Court Records

Where and How to Get Court Records

The Huntsville Municipal Court maintains court records of cases which it hears and has jurisdiction over. This includes misdemeanor offenses committed within city limits, municipal ordinance and enforcement regulation violations, criminal misdemeanors and traffic violations. Interested persons may obtain copies of these records by requesting them from the administrative office of the court in person or via phone at:

Huntsville Municipal Court
815 Wheeler Ave,
P.O. Box 2829,
Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone: (256) 427-7800
Fax: (256) 427-7829

Vital Records

The Huntsville-Madison County Health Department maintains Huntsville birth and death records and provides copies of these records to eligible requestors. However, state-wide records are maintained and issued by the Health Statistics Division of the Alabama Public Health Department. This office issues birth and death records as well as marriage and divorce records.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records

As per Alabama state laws, divorce records can be accessed by interested members of the public who can provide sufficient information with which to trace the record.

The Center for Health Statistics maintains and provides records of divorces that date back to 1950, to obtain these records, interested persons may request in person or via mail from the state Center for Health Statistics. Requestors will be required to provide the full names of the divorcees (before marriage), as well as the date and the county of the divorce. The requesting party will also be charged a non-refundable search fee of $15.

Mail requests can be made by submitting a divorce record application, which should be accompanied by the indicated fees and sent to:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418

Where and How to Get Marriage Records

Interested persons may request marriage records via mail or in person from the Alabama Center for Health Statistics which maintains records of marriages licensed in Alabama, dating back to August 1936.

Requestors will be required to provide the full names of both spouses, the date and place of the marriage, and licencing county, as well as pay a non-refundable search fee of $15. Mail-in requests can be made by sending a completed Marriage Record Application along with the stated fees to:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418

Where and How to Get Birth and Death Records

The State Center for Health Statistics processes requests for copies of birth and death records of births/deaths that occurred no later than 1908. Access to these records is restricted to the registrant, their parents or legal guardians, their siblings, spouses or offspring, their legal representatives and other legally certified persons.

To obtain these records, eligible persons may make in-person requests for them from the office, or send a mail-in request. The requestor will also be required to provide the full name of the registrant or deceased, their date of birth/death, and other personal information including their age and the names of their spouses and parents. Applicants are also required to present an ID which meets state requirements and pay a fee of $15.

Mail requests can be made by sending a completed Vital Records Application along with the stated fee and ID requirements to:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418